Southern and rural parts of the U.S. are often overlooked in the national media, giving a limited view of some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation today. 

Ten Across Founder Duke Reiter talks to veteran journalists James and Deborah Fallows, who have recently traveled the country reporting from America’s small towns to explore the nation’s growing fragmentation and how we can look beyond artificial boundaries. What does the southern portion of the U.S. tell us about economic opportunity in our country? What does infrastructure really mean in the 21st century? How does the future of democracy look outside of our big cities? And how can these insights help us to better understand the critical issues the nation and our capacity to plan more effectively for the future?

Guest Speakers

James Fallows is a revered journalist and author, having been a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, an editor of U.S. News and World Report, and a correspondent for The Atlantic for decades. He has written over 11 books on topics from the environment to democracy.

Deborah Fallows is an accomplished writer and researcher with publications in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and many more. She is author of Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language. She wrote her most recent book, Our Towns, with her husband.